Real Housewives Of New Jersey
S6E1 “What A Difference A Plea Makes”
The New Jersey ladies are back! The 6th Season begins on February 28, 2014. Melissa and Joe are watching the news, which says that Teresa and Juicy Joe have pled guilty to federal charges. Joe is scared because there are too many stories out there and he doesn’t know what to believe. Melissa suggests that he reach out to let Teresa know that he is there for her. Hmm, perhaps not all is so sunny in paradise anymore? Melissa calls Teresa to ask if the news was true. Teresa says that it isn’t true. She has not accepted a plea deal. Of course, we now know that, days later, she does accept a plea. As she’s talking on speaker-phone, Gia is sitting in the kitchen, watching and listening. Teresa explains that something has been in the press that isn’t true. She doesn’t want Gia to worry about it. Gia tells her that she’s old enough to understand what’s going on. She knows way more than her parents think she does. Teresa doesn’t want the kids to be affected by what’s going on, but they obviously will. Gia begins to cry and Teresa comforts her. We then cut back to 3 months earlier…
Milania is trying to avoid doing her homework by getting Gabriella to do it. She’s just as dramatic as ever. And “the bitch is back!!!” Dina arrives! I missed Dina! She says that she and Teresa may go through stages of not seeing each other much, but she says that they always pick back up easily. They are like sisters. I’m sure that wasn’t easy for Caroline or Jacqueline to hear. Dina’s mother made a guardian angel bracelet for Teresa. They discuss the pending charges, but not in detail. Teresa says that she wakes up in the night worrying. She’s paying lots of attorney fees, but can’t seem to get ahead of her debt or save for the girls’ future. She had a normal life and is now in a nightmare. I do feel kind of sorry for Teresa. I know that she caused this situation and has no one to blame but herself (and Juicy Joe), but it has to be hard to worry so much about your children. Dina is also struggling. She and her husband have separated. She says that young women would fall in love with him and think he’s amazing because he bought them a purse. Dina’s life is really changing right now. Lexie is going to college and leaving Dina with her pets. She still has Grandma Wrinkles, but now has Gracie (a 2-legged dog) and Botox (another bald cat). The bald cats are so creepy that they’re kind of cute!
Back to Melissa, who is meeting up with Teresa for the girls’ cheerleading practice. Teresa says that she is done fighting with Melissa, she has much more important things to worry about. Melissa says that they are focusing on their family right now and in a much better place. I’m glad to see the two of them getting along. Or at least pretending for the cameras. Milania knows how to twerk, but Antonia doesn’t. Melissa brings up her friend, Amber. She says that they were friends, but that they lost touch after Melissa got married. Amber recently called to invite Melissa to a fall harvest party. Melissa invites Teresa and Dina.
Amber is planning a harvest party. I’m not sure what a “harvest” party is. She is assured, by a party-planner or someone, that the servers will be pretty, but she says that they must be smart too. She doesn’t want to have to correct them. She likes to control everything around her and has high expectations. Her husband arrives at their house with a whole pig for the party. She is not amused because the kids are upset by it. Amber has 4 kids. We get some footage of her teaching table manners to her children. She thinks that kids are a reflection of their parents. She is expecting 50 or so people at the party. Amber and Melissa were friends in their 20’s and used to party a lot. Amber is a Columbia graduate (in exercise physiology) and says that Melissa wanted to marry money. She disappeared after she married Joe. She’s already reinforcing the gold-digger theory; kind of telling to hear it from someone who knew Melissa before she got married.
Dina arrives at her therapist’s office. Spirituality is important to Dina. She went on a retreat where she would spend 10 days with comforts like running water. She made it 5 days, which is 5 days longer than I would have made it. She is worried that she won’t be able to open her heart again and will. She hasn’t yet filed for divorce because she isn’t seeing anyone else. She’s happy with the way things are. She tells her therapist that they both have their own lives, but that they meet in the bedroom. She doesn’t have any desire to move forward. Her therapist advises that sleeping with an ex isn’t a very good idea. Yeah, it’s kind of hard to move on when your ex is still in your bed.
Milania is making breakfast with Audriana observing from the table with a cute chefs’ hat. Milania has started making eggs, without any supervision. It can’t be safe for her to be operating a stove without help. She can barely see into the skillet! Teresa is writing a cookbook because she needs to make some money. It’s good that, despite everything, she’s still trying to take care of her family. I wonder what Juicy Joe is doing? The girls are helping her making tiramisu. Gia does not seem impressed. Milania and Gabrielle do the most helping. Milania continues to say whatever is on her mind. I love that girl!!! I also love that Juicy Joe has only made a brief, 1 sentence appearance so far!
Amber is visiting her friends, Teresa and Nicole. The two are identical twins. Nicole’s BF is friends with Amber’s husband. The twins tell stories about switching nametags in school and confusing the nuns. Teresa pronounces her name “Ter-eh-sa,” not “Ter-E-sa.” Her husband, Reno, has 2 restaurants. She says that they are the king and queen of little Italy. They were married for 7 years, then got divorced, then got remarried. She wants Nicole to be happy, like she is. Nicole’s life was close to perfect, but then she got divorced. She’d like to be married again and is dating Bobby. They’ve been together for 9 months. She says that all women need is Dunkin Donuts and oral sex. I really hope we don’t have to hear about her sex life constantly. Amber invited the twins to the fall harvest and they have invited 5-6 other couples. Amber is very regimented and not knowing the exact number of couples is frustrating to her. Nicole thinks she should loosen up.
Teresa arrives at Dina’s to go to the party. Dina has a fabulous closet!!! In the car, Dina asks Teresa if she’s worried about being judged at the party. She says that hiding is the easy way out and that she won’t do that. She also says that it’s not easy being gossiped about. I can’t imagine how hard it is to walk into a room and know that everyone is talking about your legal troubles. The twins are planning their outfits and getting their eyebrows done. Joe would rather Melissa stay home and get naked, but agrees to attend the party with her. Melissa says that Amber had a vision for a “life of prosperity.” Ugh, Amber implies Melissa is a gold-digger, Melissa implies Amber is a gold-digger. Is this going to turn into a gold-digger competition? Melissa is excited to reconnect with Amber. Amber expects her children to behave in a certain way. If they act like fools, they won’t get material things anymore. I’m kind of liking that Amber is very honest and blunt. She says exactly what’s on her mind, which may bite her in the behind on this show.
The twins arrive at the party and are introduced to Melissa. We overhear that Reno is loudly telling Joe about his circumcision at age 27. I already don’t like Reno. He’s loud and brash and seems to say inappropriate things just for the shock value. Amber says that Italians know how to be respectful of others homes, but Nicole’s friends are not doing that. They are stomping snow on the welcome mat inside the front door. Isn’t that what the mat is for? Isn’t not like they stomped their wet feet all over the wood floors. Nicole thinks that the more the merrier at a party.
Dina and Teresa arrive. Dina isn’t impressed with the walkway because it’s very icy. She would have had it salted. Little details like that are important and Dina would know since she is a professional party planner. Everyone immediately begins talking about Teresa when she walks in, but she doesn’t want to worry about what people say. They meet Amber and the twins. Dina tells them about project ladybug and Amber reveals that she’s a breast cancer survivor. The experience of cancer and chemo changed Amber. She thinks that she was superficial before and now wants to be the best person she can be at all times. She offers to speak to the kids for Dina. New Teresa tells Melissa and Teresa about her restaurants. Teresa says that one of them is her favorite restaurant. She thinks that the twins are like she used to be, very carefree and they don’t think before they speak. Dina is talking to Nicole. They are both going through a divorce, so they have something to bond over. Maybe Nicole can help Dina move on?
Amber wants to talk to Melissa before they move forward. Melissa says that Amber disappeared too and Amber says it was because of her cancer, which Melissa didn’t seem to know about. Amber is shocked that Melissa didn’t know. Amber says that Melissa sent her a Facebook message saying to let her know if Amber needs help. Melissa doesn’t recall that message. Melissa hadn’t spoken to any of their mutual friends and no one told her. She asks if Amber still has the message. Amber says that she looked for it, but it wasn’t there. Amber didn’t save the message and we don’t know exactly how long ago it was allegedly sent. Reno is drunk, so Teresa gets him out of there. In his TH, Reno says that there was no atmosphere. I have to admit, the party seemed a little forced. It just seemed like a cocktail party, rather than a themed party. Melissa finds Teresa and Dina. She tells them Amber received a message from her, but that she never sent one. Teresa knows what it’s like to have people saying things that aren’t true.
Juicy Joe’s entire family is taking a portrait. His grandmother is turning 80. Teresa says that the family has been supportive of them. They haven’t taken a family portrait since Gia was 9 months old. Juicy Joe is excited to see his whole family. He has a huge family! They are all in black and begin arranging themselves. Juicy Joe’s grandmother is in red and stands out in the center. I thought that was a nice touch since she’s the center of the family. Melissa points out, in TH, that family needs to back each other up no matter what. I have to wonder where that attitude was last year? She sure didn’t seem to want to back her husband’s family no matter what. Juicy Joe makes a toast because he is the first grandson. He is so proud of his grandmother and her legacy. She has created a wonderful family. Whenever one of them is in trouble, they are all there in a minute.
Gia gets emotional during her father’s speech. Joe, in TH, says that, though they’ve had problems, Teresa and Juicy Joe are still family and that “blood is blood.” Again, not what he was saying last year. Nothing like a series of federal indictments to bring a family together! After the speech, Gia tells Juicy Joe what a great job he did with the toast. I have to agree. He was coherent and eloquent in talking about his family. Gia begins to tear up and Joe comforts her. It’s obvious that she is really worried about her parents. Juicy Joe gets a little emotional too. Frank (Juicy Joe’s father) approaches and tells them that he’ll always be there. In Memorium, Frank Guidice.